NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2021


THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If the plan doesn't work, change the plan. But never the goal.


MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

One of the Executive members recently attended an online seminar through CAF Connections. There are several types available including Health Promotion Webinars, MFS/MFRC Virtual Programming Guide, PSP Virtual Fitness, and PSP Virtual Recreation. When you go to the webpage, click on Virtual Services to explore the options. It 
appears to be free for CAF members and veterans.

We have made a slight change to the look of the Newsletter by putting a picture at the top. If you have any that you would like us to use, please send them.


WINNIPEG REUNION:

The Reunion will take place in Winnipeg at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, May 24-26, 2022.

The Winnipeg Reunion 15 Committee has two new members:  Gerrie Thornhill and Ellen Wood. 
 Welcome!

Gerrie Thornhill.   

I joined in 1973.  Did the usual training and became a supply tech.  I was posted to Halifax, Ottawa then Greenwood.  I remustered there to CEP Tech and was posted to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Winnipeg again then Comox.  I was in Haiti when the last FRP was announced.  I applied for that, retired and came to Winnipeg.  Close to home, but not quite.


Ellen (Sinclair) Wood. 

I joined the CAF in October 1979, a couple of weeks past my 19th birthday.  I went first to Cornwallis, 13 platoon, 7941(W), then to Kingston for my POET training.  There I was assigned the trade 551 Instrument Electrical Technician (IET,) and carried on to Borden for my aircraft training.  Fifth of February 1981 I arrived in Cold Lake, Alberta where, over the next almost 8 years I worked on the Starfighter, F18, Single Huey, Twin Huey, DC3, and T-Bird.  At that point, having married and had two children I decided to transfer to ARAF.  I worked primary reserves for three years then transferred to the supplementary reserves while I accompanied my husband to a posting in Geilenkirchen, Germany.  1997 saw us in Shearwater where I again worked primary reserves.  At this time the air trades were undergoing a major restructuring and my trade amalgamated into Avionics System (AVS Tech).  In Shearwater I worked on the Sea King. In 2000 I transferred back to Reg Forces and we were transferred to Yellowknife where I worked on the Twin Otter for 2 years.  My husband was promoted out of his position, so we were transferred to Winnipeg.  I went to 402 Sqn on the Dash 8.  In 2007 I went to 437 Sqn Trenton on the Air Bus.  In 2011 we were posted back to Winnipeg where I went back to 402 Sqn.  I retired in October 2019 with 40 years of service.  

As we mentioned in the February Newsletter, the members of the Winnipeg Reunion 15 Committee sent emails or phoned our members living in Manitoba. They are looking to gather stories, memorabilia, and names for any new members interested in participating in the reunionTo date, they have not received any feedback to their request, except for the 2 new volunteers. If you missed it, or don't have Facebook, here is part of what it said:


Manitoba is hosting the next reunion which normally would have taken place in Winnipeg May 25 to 27, 2021 but has been delayed one year until May 24 to 26, 2022 due to concerns around COVID.
As we now have more time for planning, we are taking this extra time to connect with the Manitoba military community in order to gather stories, memorabilia, volunteers and names for any new members interested in participating in the reunion.
The reunions, which began in 1990, were originally held for female air force veterans from the years 1951 to 1967. Many of these veterans have stayed in contact over the years. The reunions have evolved to include members from 1968 to present day: the RCAF Women’s Division, retired and serving CAF Airwomen, and most recently, RCAF Airwomen.
These reunions have attracted anywhere from 200 to 450 airwomen from all across Canada, the USA and Britain, who renew old friendships and make new ones. We are a Not for Profit organization and have no dues or income. Conference fees cover the costs of all conference events.
If you have any questions, stories, would be available to volunteer and know anyone who qualifies and would like to become a member, please contact Pat Brennan



COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Robbie Haggerty writes:

I joined the RCAF in 1961, on course 6112, and that year the instructors kept my course back, in St. Jean's, before going to trade school. We trained for a precision drill team and performed at quite a few locations. We were the only all Airwomen's drill team up to that time and performed with only whistle commands. The last one, I recall, was at RCAF Rockcliffe, (circa June 24, 1961), for the Airwomen's 20th Anniversary. I believe it was broadcast on local TV as one of the airwoman's fiancé watched it. I have tried many Military, Veterans, departments, Archives, etc., but can't seem to find any information or documents about this. Would any of our members know how to locate any references to this event. Maybe through local Ottawa TV archives, etc.? Would appreciate any input. Thanks, Helen R Haggerty (Robbie)

 If you have a humorous or uplifting story, we'd love to hear it.

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY:  

Flo Reid writes: 

Just a reminder to keep collecting and sending your postage stamps.  I have been getting lots of stamps in the mail and have had some wonderful conversations with some of our ex-airwomen from coast to coast. Also, it gives me something to do in these COVID times.  
If you have any questions, please phone Flo at 403-475-6738 or e-mail flobobreid@shaw.ca

To see details about the preparation of the stamps, click here

We donate these stamps to Oxfam Canada. To find out more about Oxfam click here



WOMEN IN THE NEWS:

Lynn Doucette writes: 

"I saw your call for articles and I was recently interviewed by VAC for their “They Proudly Served" series as part of the commemoration of 30th anniversary of the Persian Gulf War, which some ladies may find interesting. I hope they realize that they paved the way for us younger gals to have the opportunities that I got to experience in my 35 yr career.
Per Ardua Ad Astra
Lynn Doucette, Maj (Ret)
1979~2014"


To read the article in its entirety, click here.   Bravo Zulu, Lynn!!!



Check out The National Film Board's site for a film from 1943, called Wings on Her Shoulder, which documents Women's Division personnel preparing and training for service.

We are interested in your stories! If you (or any of the ladies you know) have had articles written about you, no matter how minor, please let us know. Maybe you have an experience that you believe should have been published. Reply here


LAST POST:

As the members of the committee update the nominal roll, we are discovering that some of our members have been with the angels for several years. They are included in our monthly newsletters as we find them.  

 Last Name  First Name  Maiden Name     Date of Death   Age  Location Prov 
 Bannister   Frances Arlene "Fran"     Coyle 26 Jan 2021    84  Williamswood NS
 Marks  Linda Faye  Marks 7 Jan 2021    77  Saint John NB
 Service  Barbara  Trivett 24 Dec 2020    80  Williamswood    NS

 


If you have a notification of a member who has died, please let us know here so that we can add their name to our Last Post. Thank you. 

 
BIRTHDAYS:
A “Very Happy Birthday” to our March Birthday ladies. Click here for the listing. 
If your birthday is missing from this list it is because we don't have it. Please click on the Change Information form to add something or make corrections. 

 
YOUR COMMITTEE:

Tracey Everett- Chair
Leah Mosher- Vice-Chair/Liaison/Newsletter 
Claire Williams- Treasurer 
Pat Brennan - Chair, Winnipeg Committee